Edward Elsworth Menominee

Edward Elsworth Menominee, age 87, of Tecumseh, formerly of Eckerman, Michigan, went to be with God peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on April 11, 2014. He had been under the care of hospice. Ed was born October 11, 1926 on the Bay Mills Indian Reservation in Brimley, Mich. He was a member of the Bay Mills Indian Community. He’s the son of Albert and Anna (Kinney) Menominee.On June 17, 1955, he married Donna Williams in Newberry, Mich., and she survives. In addition, to his wife, Ed is survived by three daughters; Gail (Dennis) Stead, Brenda Menominee, and Belinda (Thomas) Cook, his niece Karen (Larry) Alford, nephews Edward (Penny) Paulson, and Walter (Colleen) Paulson whom he raised, grandchildren; Jason (Misty Rau) Jackowski, Mariah (Jason) Wanic, Thomas Cook Ill, Josh (Christine) Hollis, Krystle (Adam) Lundahl, Tiffany (Scott) Snyder, Brittany Cook, and great­grandchildren; Caitlin (Caitiebugs) LeBlanc, Madisyn, Sienna, and Greyson Snyder, Autumn and Aurora Lundahl, Hunter Paskiet, and Brooklyn (little bum) Cook, his brother Larry (Darlene) Menominee, and his many nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers; Charlie, Donald, Bert, George, and Jim Menominee, and sisters; Velma and Mary Lou Menominee, sons; Donald (Joe) and Bobbie Menominee, and grandson; Jacob Cook.Ed served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he was stationed on the U.S.S. Leyte (CVA­32). He retired in 1994 from Tecumseh Public Schools, where he worked in ground maintenance. He loved his family dearly and was always there for them. Ed loved the Detroit Tigers and collecting baseball cards and sports memorabilia. He enjoyed watching the Tigers on TV, attending baseball games, and going down to Florida to watch spring training. Ed also enjoyed going to McDonald’s in the morning for coffee and to visit with his close friends.He took pride in his Native American heritage and he enjoyed dancing in Pow Wows and going gambling at the casinos. He also spent several summers in Sault Saint Marie, Mich., where he enjoyed watching the big ships going through the Soo Locks and sitting by the St. Mary’s River.At Ed’s request, cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will be held with his family in Brimley, Mich., at a later date.

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